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A sideways look at the world of music

INTERVIEW / Ol' blue eyes is back: After an eight-year gap - 'the householder years' - the Pretenders are in the Top 10 again, and the critics' good books. Geraldine Bedell talks to Chrissie Hynde, while David Cavanagh compares the new album with the old ones

CHRISSIE HYNDE is behaving intolerably: sneering at my questions, snorting at them with hollow, hostile laughter. She only wanted to talk to the music press anyway, she says and last night she had to do an interview with someone who didn't even know who Martin Chambers is, for Chrissake. (He was the drummer in the original Pretenders, and he's back on the new album.) She can't believe she's being asked about all this old stuff. So she sighs a lot, answers in exasperated monosyllables, and affects total amnesia about her past. What did she do when she first came to England? Caught a cab and went to a hotel, she says, raising her eyes to the ceiling.

VSEL cuts 500 jobs at Barrow

VSEL, the Trident submarine builder, yesterday announced a further 500 job losses at its Barrow yard in Cumbria.

TELEVISION / Funny, funny, funny

THERE was something so poignant about the imperfect English. This, in the end, was what the appeal boiled down to - the slight fumbling of pronunciation, the tiny and touching moments of grammatical incoherence. Without that, we probably wouldn't have warmed to David Vine half as much as we used to.

ROCK / Carry on hating, Dave and Ray

TIME plays tricks on irony. Something happens in the audience at The Kinks' show at the Clapham Grand which is as poignant as anything in Ray Davies' lyrical canon. A normal-looking, middle-aged fan in shirt and tie, who's been standing rapt and immobile throughout an energetic set, suddenly punches the air and screams out the chorus to 'I'm Not Like Everybody Else' as if his life depended on it. The Grand is the perfect venue for getting uncontrollably nostalgic about The Kinks. The newly opened balconies of the restored music hall spill over with goodwill. In response the band put their all into a set which offers great ness and mediocrity in roughly equal measure.
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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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You won't believe your eyes

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A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

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